Equipment to Complement MS inverters
It is difficult to know the status of a system are at the best of times. When something goes off the rails it is difficult to determine the problem or the cause of the problem. It is not a system requirement but we strongly advise the inclusion of a Magnum remote. This does not mean you need a bunch more devices, thereby increasing the cost of your system.
Magnum has three ME remotes; the basic ME-RC the advanced ME-ARC. The ME-RTR, or “router” has many of the same features as the ME-ARC50 advanced remote with the additional functionality required to parallel Magnum MS-PAE inverter/chargers for greater output. Remotes provide system parameter setup and performance monitoring as well as clear indications of where a problem exists. For example, a licensed master electrician, when he added an additional outlet made an error and created a dead short i another room. The inverter when started would immediately turn off. Without a monitor on the system It took hours of investigating to identify the problem. A remote would have identify the fault failure immediately. Who would suspect a master electrician of such a basic mistake? There are other very useful programming options, including limiting the power drawn from a generator so that the current draw of the system and charging combined do not exceed the generator's capability thereby causing the generator's breaker to trip. ...and a hundred more examples.
Generator Auto Start
The AGS is designed to automatically start your generator, based on the inside temperature or a low battery condition. batteries are maintained at within proper parameters. No worrying about batteries going below 50% DOD thereby reducing their life.
There are two versions of the AGS, network and stand alone. The stand alone version requires a remote monitor and facilitates programming on the unit the network version allows programming and reporting through one of the three remote ME monitors from Magnum.
...a word of caution. Just because your equipment Magnum AGS is capable of communicating to a generator, it does not mean the generator is capable of listening to the start and stop signals. Some generators come with a remote many do not. There are devices that can be attached to generators to allow remote starting.
Batteries including flooded lead acid, absorbed glass mat (AGM including VRLA valve regulated lead acid ), and gel batteries over represent and under represent the battery's state of charge. The term for this is termed surface charge and surface discharge. Off-grid batteries are in constant use, therefore using voltage as an indication of battery state is misleading. The only other three methods of than determining battery state is by hydrometer measuring current specific gravity or disconnecting batteries for 3 to 4 hours. Or using a battery monitor. A Magnum Battery Monitoring Kit (BMK) works with ME, MS, MS-AE and RD Series Inverters.
How it works:
System Network Connection
This is almost the definition of plug and play. In spite of the hocus pocus of what the devices do, connections are simple.
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